History of Industry along the Nubanusit River Presentation at the Monadnock Center

PETERBOROUGH, NH- John “Chick” Colony will present a talk, The Nubanusit: Spoonwood to Peterborough, exploring the history of water power along the Nubanusit watershed at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. From its origins at Spoonwood Pond in Nelson, through the milltown of Harrisville, and down to the Union Mills in Peterborough, Nubanusit Brook has been the site of industry and innovation from the earliest days of the industrial revolution. Colony will discuss the major mills along with the saw mills, box shops, and other enterprises that used the power of the Nubanusit during the region’s industrial heyday.


Colony’s ancestors established the mills in Harrisville, and who held the water rights to Lake Nubanusit.  A lifelong resident of Harrisville, Colony founded Harrisville Designs in 1971 to sustain Harrisville’s textile heritage. He has also been instrumental in the development and continuity of Historic Harrisville, an organization which has played a vital role in preserving many historic aspects of Harrisville while enabling a strong local economy.

This talk is free and open to the public. The Monadnock Center for History and Culture is located at 19 Grove Street in downtown Peterborough. For more information, visit MonadnockCenter.org or call (603) 924-3235.

Calendar Summary:

The Nubanusit: Spoonwood to Peterborough

A talk exploring the industrial history found along the Nubanusit River with John “Chick” Colony

Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m.

Monadnock Center for History and Culture

Free and open to the public

Event contact: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, (603) 924-3235

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